Love him or hate him, no one can deny the impact that Tarantino has made on the film industry. His unique style along with his signature characters, intricate storylines and wonderful moments of well-written dialogue make him one of the most standout and original filmmakers of the modern generation. With his ninth film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood already out, let’s take a look at his most iconic, memorable and truly great films he’s made over the past twenty-five years. Here are the top 5 Quentin Tarantino movies.
Top Quentin Tarantino Movies #5 – Reservoir Dogs
A group of men wearing suits and having names after colors, a simple jewelry heist goes awry which leads the surviving men to suspect that a police informant is among them. Armed with gritty dialogue, a great cast and also showing the infamous trunk shot that became a staple of Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs is more than a simple heist film. It’s more like a whodunit picture only instead of looking for a killer, the men are looking for a rat. You’ll never listen to that song Stuck in the middle with you the same after watching the debut of Tarantino that starts off with a bang and never lets up!
Top Quentin Tarantino Movies #4 – Inglorious Basterds
Taking place during World War II, this movie tells two stories that on the surface sound like they would go together but are just two separate tales that relate to one objective: killing Nazis. An A-list cast that features brutal violence and a deep story of revenge. The movie is mostly spoken in German which gives the movie an authentic feel and shows us just how good Tarantino is at writing witty and intelligent scripts. Who knew killing Nazis could offer so much fun!
#3 – Django Unchained
Tarantino’s most violent feature yet but also an eye-opener. An epic revenge tale of a freed slave on the pursuit to find his wife who’s owned by a brutal plantation owner, Django Unchained is not for the faint of heart. Shocking violence, barbaric fights and winning dialogue makes this feature you must see to believe. There are plenty of surprises throughout, but after watching this movie you’ll definitely be talking about it. Does anybody want to visit Candieland?
#2 – Jackie Brown
Overlooked and hardly talked about, Jackie Brown is the least violent film from Tarantino but features a fascinating story of a middle-aged flight attendant who has a tough deal in front of her. Pam Grier is magnificent in her title performance and even better than Uma Thurman in Kill Bill I might add. Also, there’s a sweet love story that is the heart of the film. Yes, it’s a caper film but isn’t about shootouts or fancy explosions, no Tarantino is too smart for that. This is about the process and the struggle of a woman who has nothing left for her in life. This is a film for people who want more than just mindless action. This movie makes you think, laugh and want to watch it again and again.
#1 – Pulp Fiction
What movie from the 1990s could be more iconic? Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Pulp Fiction is a film that I refuse to tell people who haven’t seen what it’s about. It’s a film that everyone should experience because there’s simply nothing like it. One of the best ensemble cast, an Oscar winning script and so many memorable moments that is impossible to count on one hand. Pulp Fiction is an excellent film in terms of originality, memorable characters, sense of style and a kick-ass soundtrack to top it all off, this is the essential Tarantino film that any film lover should experience. Endless quotes to remember, the clothing and that Jheri curl makes Pulp Fiction all the more iconic.
To put it simple, when watching this movie, it’s the equivalent of attending a film festival. It’s one of a kind and easily earns the top stop in our list of top 5 Quentin Tarantino movies.